Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Review Rundown

Samsung Electronics | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 24 Mar 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
  • Slim, unobtrusive design
  • Strong battery life
  • Easy to use touch controls
  • Not as powerful as AirPods Pro

Summary

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live features an unconventional ergonomic, tip-less design that conforms to the shape of your ear, making them comfortable enough to wear all-day. With a 12mm speaker and bass duct, the audio sounds deep and rich, allowing you to enjoy music the way the artist intended.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 56%
Reviewers from Gizmodo have found the following[***]:
The $170 Galaxy Buds Live are Samsung's first true wireless earbuds. They are small, low profile and have a compact charging case with Qi support. Active noise canceling is not as powerful as expected, comfort and fit could be hit or miss, G/O Media may get a commission.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, unobtrusive design
  • Good sound quality
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Buds Live have a unique shape and the promise of a more comfortable fit. Instead of including a set of eartips like all earbuds, the design of the buds is specifically made to work with anyone's ear. The buds don't isolate sound very well, as the design doesn't seal inside your ear canal.
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Pros[**]
  • Extremely comfortable design
  • Great sound quality
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Poor ANC
  • Poor call quality

expertreviews[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 65%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
Samsung's Galaxy Buds Live are the company's first true wireless earbuds. The bean-shaped buds rest in your conchas – the small hollows just outside the ear canals. ANC is a simple on or off affair, with no way to adjust the noise-cancelling level. Despite the lack of passive noise cancellation, there's no shortage of bass, and low-end frequencies are reproduced with impressive richness.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

laptopmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
Priced at $169.99, the Live offers a polarizing design, long battery life, excellent battery life and a robust companion app. Unlike most truly wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Live only has an IPX2 rating which means it has water resistance but only from water that hits it at a 15-degree angle.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Long battery life
  • Strong companion app
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre noise cancelling

nextpit[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from Nextpit have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live have been available for purchase since August 6, 2020, at a price of £179. These are the first true wireless headphones from Samsung to offer ANC, or Active Noise Cancellation. They adopt an open-fit format, i.e. not in-ear. Samsung announced six hours of listening time with a 60 mAh battery inside of each earpiece.
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Pros[**]
  • Very good sound quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Very good call quality
Cons[**]
  • ANC is a bit spotty
  • Not for those seeking precision

pcmag[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 57%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
Samsung's Galaxy Buds Live are packed with technology and have a radical new design for the wire-free category. As they rest on the outside of the ear, music sounds a little distant, and not as enveloping as models that sit more firmly in the ear canal. The Buds support AAC, SBC, and a new Samsung Scalable Codec.
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Pros[**]
  • Fantastic sound quality
  • Strong bass response and strong highs
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Works with companion Android or iOS apps
Cons[**]
  • Sound quality doesn't measure up to the competition

phonearena[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 75%
Reviewers from Phonearena have found the following[***]:
Samsung promises a stylish and ergonomic design for comfortable all-day usage along with a premium audio experience. The Buds Live produce rich and clear sound with perhaps the nicest, cleanest bass I've heard in truly wireless earbuds so far. Answering phone calls is easy with the double-tap gesture, and the microphone sounds good on the end of a call.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, ergonomic design
  • Comfortable for long periods of time
  • Solid active noise cancelling
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

rtings[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 52%
Reviewers from Rtings have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are unusually-designed truly wireless earbuds. They are adequate for mixed usage and passable for neutral sound. They aren't suitable for wireless gaming due to their high latency on PC and incompatibility with consoles. The Samsung are more stable, last longer off of a single charge, and have lower wireless latency with mobile devices.
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Pros[**]
  • Attractive design
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good stereo imaging
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre noise isolation
  • High latency on PC

techadvisor[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 62%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Buds Live are Samsung's latest true wireless earbuds. The curved design is meant to fit snugly into the outer part of your ear. Tuned by the Samsung-owned audio brand AKG, the buds are capable of delivering unexpectedly robust audio. The ANC here is pretty decent at tuning at persistent noises, but can't keep up with less consistent interruptions.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, stylish design
  • Solid sound quality
  • Solid battery life
Cons[**]
  • Touch controls are a little too easy to activate

techradar[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 60%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are the first true wireless earbuds from Samsung to include noise cancellation and offer a heaping helping of bass. They can compete with the likes of the Apple AirPods and Google Pixel Buds, offering many of the same features plus a few new ones exclusive to Samsung device owners. Fitting them inside your ear requires you to push the speaker grille all the way inside the ear while the charging contacts sit in the upper part of the outer ear.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Great battery life
  • Comfortable fit
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

theverge[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
The $169.99 Galaxy Buds Live have a style all their own. You've never worn earbuds quite like these, which means putting them in the first few times feels a bit foreign. The AKG-tuned buds have 12-millimeter drivers and a “bass duct” to ramp up the low end.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Bluetooth doesn't seal in your ears

tomsguide[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 68%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are some of the most comfortable wireless earbuds I've ever worn. Packing 12mm speakers and an air vent designed to make music sound more accurate and lively, Samsung's buds provided rich, full audio for any genre I threw at them. The noise cancellation is ideal for eliminating some small ambient noises and hearing your podcasts a bit more clearly. The buds are rated for pretty bass quality and hold up well in real-world use.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Comfortable fit
  • Active noise cancellation works well
  • Great battery life
Cons[**]
  • Not as comfortable as AirPods Pro

trustedreviews[13]

Sentiment Score[*] 63%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Galaxy Buds Live are Samsung's latest Android challenger in the true wireless earbud market. The shape is designed to ergonomically sit in people's ears, providing a rock solid fit and seal without the need for ‘intrusive tips’ The buds are quoted as offering 21 hours listening time – six hours from the buds with ANC on 15 hours worth of juice in the case. The low end is more powerful than the AirPods and, while it's a little flabbier than I'd like, makes simpler music genres sound good.
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Pros[**]
  • Solid battery life
  • Comfortable fit
  • Solid call quality
  • Wireless charging
Cons[**]
  • Mediocre mic quality

whathifi[14]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are wireless earbuds with noise-cancelling. They come in Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black or Mystic White and come with a carry case. Samsung claims ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) can reduce background noise under 700Hz (e.g. trains and buses) by up to 97 per cent. The buds support Bluetooth 5.0 and use ‘Samsung Scalable Codec', a technology that can change the bitrate of the music being played.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Good call quality
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Review: The Beans Got Beats. Gizmodo. 06 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review: A step backward. Digitaltrends. 03 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review: Inventive yet fatally flawed. Expertreviews. 01 December 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review. Laptopmag. 29 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review: best to date, but not perfect. Nextpit. 12 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. 6. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Review. Pcmag. 06 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  7. 7. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review. Phonearena. 06 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  8. 8. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Truly Wireless Headphones Review. Rtings. 24 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  9. 9. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review. Techadvisor. 27 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  10. 10. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review. Techradar. 15 March 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  11. 11. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review: cool beans. Theverge. 12 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  12. 12. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review. Tomsguide. 23 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  13. 13. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Live Review. Trustedreviews. 18 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  14. 14. ^ Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review. Whathifi. 06 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  15. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  16. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  17. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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